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Car plows through South Tampa retirement home

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Police identified the driver as 28-year-old Rico Antwan Jones, AKA "Diamond", of Clearwater, Fla. Police identified the driver as 28-year-old Rico Antwan Jones, AKA "Diamond", of Clearwater, Fla.
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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

A car crash into a section of a retirement home has made for a hectic start Tuesday morning in South Tampa.

It all happened around 2:30 a.m. when Tampa police officials say a male driver, "not dressed as a man," piqued their interest on the road by driving the wrong way on Howard Avenue. 

That driver has since been identified as 28-year-old Rico Antwan Jones, AKA "Diamond", of Clearwater.

Officers were debating whether or not to pull him over when, they say, he suddenly sped off.

They say they did not chase him, but they were still close by when they say he lost control at Hyde Park and Plant, struck a palm tree and then plowed through a wall at the Tampa Baptist Manor senior housing complex, located at 215 West Grand Central Avenue.

The car hit the generator intake room, and made it 30 feet inside before coming to a stop.

The car appeared to be severely damaged, however authorities say Jones' injuries were not life-threatening. He even tried to make a getaway, but police took him into custody before transporting him to a nearby hospital.

It is not clear at this time whether the car belonged to Jones, or if it was borrowed or stolen. 

Jones faces several charges, including DUI and fleeing the scene of a crash. He has a long arrest history in Hillsborough County.

Meanwhile, the investigation and cleanup continues at the scene.

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